The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
By (author) Yukio Mishima
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Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima
Book DescriptionBecause of the boyhood trauma of seeing his mother make love to another man in the presence of his dying father, Mizoguchi becomes a hopeless stutterer. Taunted by his schoolmates, he feels utterly alone untill he becomes an acolyte at a famous temple in Kyoto, where he develops an all-consuming obsession with the temple's beauty. This powerful story of dedication and sacrifice brings together Mishima's preoccupations with violence, desire, religion and national history to dazzling effect.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099285670
(198mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-May-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Yukio Mishima
Patriotism, Paperback (June 2010)
One of the most powerful short stories ever written: Yukio Mishima's masterpiece about the erotics of patriotism and honor, love and suicide.
Thirst for Love, Paperback (December 2009)
After the early death of her philandering husband, Etsuko moves into her father-in-law's house, where she numbly submits to the old man's advances. But soon she finds herself in love with the young servant Saburo. Tormented by his indifference, yet invigorated by her desire, she makes her move, with catastrophic consequences.
Forbidden Colours, Paperback (October 2008)
Depicts a male homosexual relationship, in which a rich older man buys the love of a young man who is stunningly handsome but who lacks the ability to love.
Confessions of a Mask, Paperback (April 2007)» View all books by Yukio Mishima
Detailing his progress from an isolated childhood through adolescence to manhood, including an abortive love affair with a classmate's sister, this autobiographical novel reports the inner life of a boy's preoccupation with death.
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Author Biography - Yukio Mishima
Yukio Mishima was born into a samurai family and imbued with the code of complete control over mind and body, and loyalty to the Emperor - the same code that produced the austerity and self-sacrifice of Zen. He wrote countless stories and thirty-three plays, in some of which he performed. Several films have been made from his novels, including The Sound of Waves, Enjo which was based on The Temple of the Golden Pavilion and The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea. Among his other works are the novels Confessions of a Mask and Thirst for Love and the short story collections Death in Midsummer and Acts of Worship. The Sea of Fertility tetralogy, however, is his masterpiece. After Mishima conceived the idea of The Sea of Fertility in 1964, he frequently said he would die when it was completed. On 25 November 1970, the day he completed The Decay of the Angel, the last novel of the cycle, Mishima committed seppuku (ritual suicide) at the age of forty-five.
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